Windows 10: Get Win 7 icons back in Win 10- "how to successfully use Icon Changer"
Get Win 7 icons back in Win 10- "how to successfully use Icon Changer"
Win 10 with Win 7 icons- note drive, folders, recycle bin, My PC - 77 Win 7 icons altogether.
Hi, Icon Changer
is meant to replace 77 icons in C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll with icons from Win 7 in 1 operation, + a restart. And that would be really convenient after the recent major update, where my pretty Win 7 icons (I used Icon Changer and was lucky) reverted to Win 10's icons.
However, most of the time Icon Changer fails to update the icons- because it fails to replace imageres.dll with the updated copy it creates.
Here's how to use it so it does work.
The trick is to restart to a command prompt to manually copy the updated imageres.dll file it creates to C:\Windows\System32\
1. Run Icon Changer as directed as admin to create a patched copy of imageres.dll in Icon Changer's installation folder- the icons are replaced from the Resource folder in Icon Changer's installation folder.
2. Ignore the prompt to restart - the problem seems to be it fails to copy that updated imageres.dll to
3. For convenience later, copy this imageres.dll to C:\Windows\System32\imageres-new.dll
4. Do a SHIFT restart (hold SHIFT KEY and click Restart) to get to the troubleshooting options.
5. Navigate to 'Command Prompt'
6. Now enter
REN C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll C:\Windows\System32\imageres-orig.dll
REN C:\Windows\System32\imageres-new.dll C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll
to replace imageres.dll with the one containing the new icons.
7. Restart and hopefully admire your smart Win 7 icons.
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